COVID Secure in the workplace
We recognise that these times are unprecedented for local businesses. The information below is a summary with links of the information relevant to businesses in Warwickshire for operating safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Important Message for Businesses in Warwickshire
If you have two or more suspected or positive cases of Covid-19 among your employees please report these to Warwickshire Public Health at [email protected] immediately, (an out of hours number will be sent to you) AND Public Health England on 0344 225 3560.
The Government issued guidance covering 14 different workplace settings. These include outdoor environments, construction sites, factories and take-aways, setting out practical steps for these businesses to focus on, which should be implemented. This also includes a printable notice that businesses can display to show they have followed this guidance.
- Working Safely During Coronavirus (Covid-19) – 14 Guides by workplace
- Detailed guidance around managing COVID-19 risk within close contact services including hairdressers and beauticians
NHS Test and Trace in the workplace
Assistance Where English is not the first language
Latest Government guidance translated into 60 languages.
Webinars – Q&A with Warwickshire County Council and Partners
Warwickshire County Council and our local authority partners have been running Q&A webinars on specific topics related to COVID secure in the workplace. The webinars include input from Public Health Warwickshire, Warwickshire Police, and borough, district and county regulatory and community safety colleagues.
Where possible we will put up recordings of these sessions that can be watched at a later date. Please do remember that any guidance would have been given as per the date it was issued so may have been updated.
COVID Secure - Places of Worship - Information Webinar
The ongoing pandemic has created challenges to operate safely and within government regulations, for the voluntary sector including places of worship. As we continue along in a third lockdown, Warwickshire County Council and partners are running an advice and information webinar to help answer some of the common questions that we have been receiving from the sector. Many faith denominations will be getting advice from their national bodies, but this session will help provide a local picture.
The webinar panel will include local authority colleagues from public health, trading standards, Warwickshire Police, Fire and Rescue and our Towns Team.
As well as any questions raised on the day, we'll cover:
- support for volunteers who are trying to make these facilities Covid-secure
- risk assessments, how to undertake these and what help is available
- sharing of good practice – how can we help with this?
- what additional activities/services are currently being delivered out of existing faith facilities – (foodbanks etc)
- understanding of numbers accessing places of worship to ensure they are supported to manage that risk as this may vary significantly
- faith groups wanting access to data to understand what is happening in their immediate geography as well as the Borough to help inform attendees
We are inviting any voluntary groups to join our webinar to raise any questions they may have and to learn from the experience of others. The event will include an overview of any recent changes and responsibilities. The event will be recorded for those unable to join live to view later, and questions may be submitted in advance to [email protected]
Webinar details: Tuesday 19 January 4pm to 5pm
Covid-19: Mental Health Service Information for Businesses and Staff
As businesses large and small reopen there will be many new pressures and challenges faced by employers and employees. You or someone you know may be feeling anxious about getting back up and running and operating safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. This could be anyone in the business from employees to managers.
For small businesses and the self-employed, it may be a particularly stressful time. You might work for yourself or on your own, in an office or from home. We all go through ups and downs in life, and experience life changes that can affect our mental health. For many people, Covid-19 has been one of those times. Wherever you live, there are resources and services both national and local that you can access to find support with your mental wellbeing.
Every Mind Matters from Public Health England has tools and information to help you manage and maintain your mental health and wellbeing, as good mental health makes such a difference. It helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.
Paying attention to workplace mental health has never been more important. Mental Health at Work is your gateway to documents, guides, tips, videos, courses, podcasts, templates and information from organisations across the UK, all aimed at helping you get to grips with workplace mental health and wellbeing.
If you live in Warwickshire, find information about mental health and wellbeing support services available to you here:
- Warwickshire Mental Health Service Information
- Support for people bereaved during the Covid-19 Pandemic
If you have been impacted financially there is financial information and support available.
If your employer is making redundancies, or you have recently been made redundant, you may be feeling increased levels of worry. Whether expected or sudden, redundancy can cause huge uncertainty, stress and anxiety, and can make existing mental health problems worse. National mental health charity Mind have some advice and guidance for coping with redundancy.
EAP Employee Assistance Programme to Support Town Centre Businesses in Warwickshire
Warwickshire County Council has extended its internal employee EAP programme to offer help to town centre micro and small businesses, those employing 10 or less.
The Covid-19 pandemic as we all know has caused upheaval and stress throughout the entire community. We recognise that this has been a particularly difficult time for micro and small businesses operating in town centres. Small businesses like these do not have the HR departments that larger organisations have that can provide assistance around mental health and wellbeing to staff at times like this.
PPE - Buy Local #BuyEatLocal
Warwickshire County Council is encouraging firms to source their PPE from local suppliers, as part of the #BuyEatLocal Campaign. Our news article explains the #BuyEatLocal campaign and showcases a face covering supplier from Rugby, a maker of hand sanitiser from Stratford and a maker of signage from Nuneaton.
Local suppliers can be found on Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce COVID Recovery Hub and the Find it in CW Portal local Supplier list.
Please support our local businesses where you can:
Disposal of business waste – including PPE and face coverings
Key details include:
- Provide extra bins for your staff and customers to throw away their waste face coverings and PPE used for social distancing, and any other additional waste, such as takeaway packaging and disposable tableware;
- Make sure that staff and customers do not put face coverings and PPE in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities;
- Make sure bins are emptied often so they do not overflow and create litter;
- You can put used disposable face coverings and PPE in an ‘offensive waste’ collection (yellow bags with a black stripe), if you have one; and
- Ask your waste contractor if there is anything else you need to do.
Covid-19: Advice from Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service
As business owners begin to return to their places of work there will be a myriad of things they will need to consider and prepare for that are likely all centred around measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
The Fire Protection department has produced a booklet to help guide all business owners on how to keep their premises safe and compliant with regards to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. We want people to print these booklets and use them, annotate them and keep them with the rest of their fire safety documentation.
Another, important thing we are asking business owners to do is take 20-30 minutes to fill out our checklist questionnaire. Again, it is something we have produced, based on the booklet. However, by encouraging its completion, we hope to prompt business owners to consider their fire safety responsibilities, and also gather information for ourselves on how businesses are coping. From the results we can potentially spot trends in areas that need our attention. Equally, we can see the areas that businesses are demonstrating a good understanding of and the information gathered will influence how we continue to work.
Please send any email correspondence to: [email protected]
Table and Chair Licences
The law on café licences changed in late July 2020. This means the authority to issue table and chair licences will be transferred from Warwickshire County Council, to the district and borough councils.
Businesses can apply for a café (table & chair) licence under existing rules through the County Council now, or wait for the new Business and Planning Bill to come into force in late July, and apply for a 'Pavement Licence', which allows for other appropriate furniture to be used outside, from their local district council.
- Warwickshire Mental Health Service Information (PDF, 971 KB)
- Return to retail – advice for businesses (PDF, 590 KB)
- Slides from Risk Assessment webinar by Hosking Associates, hosted by WCC on 3 June (PDF, 1.2 MB)
- Five top tips for good workplace hygiene and infection control during the Covid-19 pandemic (PDF, 382 KB)
- Click and collect services advice for Warwickshire high street retailers (PDF, 165 KB)
- Return to work guidance from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce - Covid-19 Recovery Hub
Other national resources
- Visit Britain – Get ready to reopen
- Hospitality Reopening Guidance
- BSI – New guidance on safe working during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Health and Safety Executive - Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak – a short guide
- Health and Safety Executive - Social distancing, keeping businesses open and in-work activities during the coronavirus outbreak
- Health and Safety Executive - Risk assessments
- Chartered Institute of Environmental Health - Guides: safe shopping, downloadable signage links, food delivery, legionella
- New guidance on safe working during the Covid-19 pandemic
This page will be continuously updated as and when we receive new guidance/updates, so please do check back.
- IOSH have launched a series of webinars for occupational safety and health professionals on the Covid-19 situation.
Further webinars Q&A webinars from Warwickshire County Council and partners
COVID Secure Hospitality Businesses – Your Questions and Answers
COVID Secure – Hospitality Businesses – Getting ready to open
Remembrance Day - COVID Secure Guidance for Hosting an Event - Q&A Webinar
- Hosted Wed 28 October - 1pm
- Hosted Thurs 29 October - 6pm
- COVID Secure - Understanding the Latest Guidance for Businesses - Your Questions Answered
COVID Secure in the Workplace Webinar – Business Resilience – Staying Open During the Pandemic
Covid Secure - Hospitality and Licenced Premises Reopening - Information and Q&A Webinar with Warwickshire County Council and Partners
Covid Secure in the Workplace – Hospitality and Personal Care – Webinar Q&A with Warwickshire County Council and Partners
Covid Secure in the Workplace – Retail and Shop Branches
Covid secure in the workplace
For any further information, please contact us on: [email protected]